Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Low Mercury Tuna

Given up tuna because of mercury? Little science lesson here: "Nearly all fish contain some amounts of methylmercury, from both natural and man-made sources. Factory smokestack emissions are high in toxic mercury emissions gets into rivers, lakes and oceans when it returns to the earth through precipitation. The mercury is then broken down by bacteria into a form that’s easily absorbed by insects and other small organisms. In the predatory cycle, the mercury moves up the food chain as small fish eat the small organisms and big fish eat the smaller fish. The higher up the food chain, the higher the levels of mercury as concentrations accumulate in large predators such as shark, swordfish and our favorite, tuna" (naturally intense.net).

Mercury, like lead, can cause a slew of health problems if the body gets too much- especailly for children and pregnant women. Someone mentioned tongol tuna to me and I went looking for it. I had no idea that there was a low mercury option. I also came across Wild Planet's Skip Jack Light Tuna. Tongol and skip jack tunas are smaller than their blue fin and albacore relatives, therefore their mercury levels are lower. Wild Planet also offers a low mercury Wild Albacore depending on your taste preference. Their troll-caught albacore are lower because these migratory fish are smaller than the long-line older fish. The bigger and older a fish, the more it bio-accumulates mercury.

I left the empty can of Wild Planet Tuna in my sink and as you can see even my kitty knows a good thing when he sees it (or smells and tastes it!). 

Wild Planet offers a complete line of premium quality, great tasting sustainably sourced seafood from eco-preferable fisheries. They are 100% compliant with the fishing recommendations of all environmental agencies. Yay! If your can doesn't include the catch method, assume the worst. Wild Planet is upfront about sustainability and fishing methods.

Bring Home the Tuna! Click on the can:

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